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Red Cloud




Red Cloud and American Horse

Red Cloud and American Horse. Probably one of a series of David Barry photos taken during Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show's stint at Madison Square Gardens in 1897.

Another from this series, with a Mr Goodwin standing between RC and AH:

Mr Goodwin standing between Red Cloud and American Horse

A photo by Felix Flying Hawk, taken around 1905:

Red Cloud

I'm fairly sure I've seen another photo like the one below, which I presume was taken in the early 1900s:

James Red Cloud

— Grahame Wood

The image [above] of the mounted man, captioned "Chief Red Cloud (Sioux)", does not show Jack, but James Red Cloud, Jack's son (I guess late 1920s/1930s). — Hans Karkheck

Trager, Wigwam Studio

I saw a copy of this years ago from Don Diessner's collection ( he wrote THERE ARE NO INDIANS LEFT BUT ME! SITTING BULL'S STORY-Upton and Sons 1993) and was told Red Cloud and Sitting Bull were in it. Red Cloud is wearing trousers, but not the fur hat and capote you remember. I'm not so sure the man with blanket and fan is Sitting Bull. Could be, though. Princeton doesn't have any information on the identity.

Red Cloud

— Bob/buffaloman

I am most positive that the man with blanket & fan & hat is NOT Sitting Bull. However, this individual could be ( and I am nearly convinced) He Dog. He obviously had a special liking for fans, ties and hats, as a number of later portraits of him would reveal. — Hans Karkheck

This is not Red Cloud but his son Jack in a 1909 photo by German photographer Frederick Weygold. I do like this picture a lot, because you can imagine how Red Cloud must have looked like in his warrior days:

Jack Red Cloud, 1909 , by Frederick Weygold

— Dietmar Schulte-Möhring

According to Goodyear's book on Red Cloud's portraits, Frederick Weygold visited the Pine Ridge Reservation in July 1909.

Gus Trager was active in Crawford and Chadron, Nebraska, from 1889 to 1892. Incidentally, this photographer's name was never George, despite its publication in recent articles that way. I have tracked him through hundreds of documents, including newspaper accounts, county records, census records, etc. Not once is he ever referred to as George -- always as Gustavaus or Gus. — Ephriam Dickson

Another Red Cloud photo:

Red Cloud, circa 1900
Dated circa 1900


The following publications contain information about Red Cloud:

Article: "Slaughter at Fort Phil Kearney" by J. P. Dunn, Jr. • Real West • Vol. VII, No. 37 • September 1964.

Article: "Strange Death of 'Lonesome' Charley Reynolds" by Fred Harrison Like so many other young men, Reynolds would have crawled through hell on his hands and knees had Elizabeth Custer asked, but what she wanted of him did her no discredit—and perceptive Lonesome Charley got the message. Golden West Magazine November 1968.

Book: Red Cloud: Warrior-Statesman of the Lakota Sioux by Robert W. Larson • University of Oklahoma Press • 1997.


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